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Tufts Senior Wins Bronze

Tufts Senior Wins BronzeAfter medaling at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships this month, Tufts’ David Mitchell and his partner are steadily climbing the ranks of the ice dancing elite. Boston.

Boston [01.23.04] The world's elite ice dancing teams appear to have some new competition. Earning a bronze medal earlier this month at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Atlanta, Tufts senior David Mitchell and his partner Loren Galler-Rabinowitz are steadily climbing the ranks of their sport. If their past accomplishments are any indication of their future performance, the duo may well have a shot at Olympic glory.

"It's a little bit surreal," Mitchell - a political science major and economics minor - told The Boston Globe after he and Galler-Rabinowitz won the bronze in Atlanta. "We spent the last six years looking up at the people above us saying ‘What do we have to do to get there?'"

The pair's hard work, perseverance and natural talent all appear to have factored into the answer. In just their second appearance at the senior level, the pair turned in an outstanding performance against the sport's top competitors at the U.S. Championships.

"It has been six years of hard work together and it is an honor to be sitting up here with these great athletes," Mitchell told the Brookline TAB.

But the pair's success comes as little surprise to those who have followed their careers.

"Galler-Rabinowtiz and Mitchell won the 2000 Novice national title and the 2002 Junior national title," reported the TAB. "Last year, they debuted at the Senior level with the fourth-place pewter medal."

Even more impressively, both skaters have remained full time students throughout their accomplished skating careers.

"Galler-Rabinowtiz and Mitchell are the only skaters in the country to have maintained full-time academics while competing at the highest level of the sport," reported the TAB.

Juggling the two, says the Tufts senior, requires a great deal of care. "The balance and rigor of doing all that we do forces great efficiency," he told the TAB.

But it hasn't slowed them down a bit.

With a bronze under their belts, the Mitchell and Galler-Rabinowtiz have been named first alternates for the upcoming World Championships in Germany. They may also have a shot at the Olympics.

"If the [Winter Olympics] Games were held today, the top American entry would be Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell," reported the Globe, which noted that the pair is the only high ranking U.S. team comprised of two American citizens - a requirement for joining the US Olympic team.

With Mitchell set to graduate from Tufts in May, the pair plans to focus entirely on their skating careers.

"We have achieved great things while juggling the demands of school, training and international travel," Galler-Rabinowitz told the TAB. "But we are excited to see how far we can go when we can truly focus our time and energy on our skating."


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